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David McCowen | Sep, 26 2018 | 0 Comments

Future Mercedes models will use crime data to recommend safe places to park, cross-referencing police statistics with available parking spaces to help keep customers out of harm’s way.

An app currently under development for future Mercedes models in the US could reduce motorists’ likelihood to encounter vandalism, assault and other crimes in dodgy areas.

Mercedes software developer Markus Ehmann says "we can select a parking spot and analyse how much crime has happened in that area over the last weeks”.

“We took open data from the city of Seattle and compared that with data from the parking spaces at your target location,” he says. 

The system works by colour-coding available parking areas when drivers are searching for somewhere to stop.

“Green indicates that the area is very safe, so we suggest you to park there. Yellow means ‘it’s still ok, but consider going to a green one’, and red is ‘you don’t want to go there’.”

Other information such as walking distances to final destinations and hourly parking fees is displayed through the new Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment screen.

Still in the development phase, the in-car service is likely to be available in limited regions through a dedicated app store for modern Mercedes vehicles.

Australian Mercedes-Benz spokesman David McCarthy says the system is under consideration for a local introduction at a later date.

A key issue surrounds the available of up-to-date crime statistics sorted by location and offence type, information already available to police agencies and the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

“It’s very interesting because it draws on local geographic knowledge and all sorts of statistics including crime statistics and parking spot availability,” McCarthy says.

“Should something like that become available I’m sure the take up would be very strong.”

McCarthy says the program’s introduction hinges on “current and up to date data” as opposed to quarterly or annual reports, suggesting “you would need all those boxes to be ticked” before it could be rolled out locally.

 
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